Daniela Terson de Paleville

Daniela Terson de Paleville
Associate Professor
Department of Health & Sport Sciences
Room 105K - SAC E
dtdepa01 @ louisville.edu

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Dr. Terson de Paleville teaches advanced exercise physiology, anatomy and physiology courses. Her research interests include motor control and exercise-induced neuroplasticity. Dr. Terson de Paleville has investigated the effects of activity-based therapy on respiratory muscles and trunk motor control after spinal cord injury. Her present research project involves the effects of biofeedback on autonomic nervous system in people with spinal cord injuries. Additionally, Dr. Terson de Paleville is interested in elucidating any links between physical activity and academic skills and performance.

Academic Background

  • Ph.D. Physiology and Biophysics, University of Louisville
  • M.S. Physiology and Biophysics, Exercise Physiology, University of Louisville
  • B.S. Exercise Sciences and Physical Education, Instituto de Educación Física Jorge Coll

Teaching Areas

  • Human Physiology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Neurophysiology

Research Areas

  • Exercise after Spinal Cord Injury
  • Pulmonary Function Spinal Cord Injury
  • Body Composition and Metabolism in People with Paralysis
  • Exercise Interventions in School Settings
  • Exercise and Academic Performance


  • Quantitative Intervention Outcomes (pre post training)
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Teaching: Team Based Active Learning Research on Teaching Physiology

Honors and Awards

  • American Society for Microbiology - 2017 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students Judge and Mentor Travel Award, Phoenix, AZ
  • American Physiological Society, Institute for Teaching and Learning, Minority Travel Award, Madison, WI
  • 2016 University of Louisville Faculty Favorite Award (student nomination)
  • 2015 University of Louisville Red and Black 2014 Faculty Mentor Award (student athlete nominations)

Selected Publications

  • Terson de Paleville, D. & Immekus, J. (2020) Minds in motion: incorporation of daily physical activity before school improves academic skills and motor proficiency in elementary school students. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 17, 907-914. https://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2019-0454
  • Terson de Paleville, D., Harman, K., Richards, E., Jaggers, J. & King, K. (2020) “Physiology Understanding Week” in a Public Middle School in Southern Indiana: Exercise and Health. Advances in Physiology Education 44 (2) 254-261.
  • Terson de Paleville, D., Harkema, S. & Angeli, C. (2019). Epidural stimulation with locomotor training improves cardiovascular fitness and body composition in individuals with high thoracic motor complete spinal cord injuries. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine; 14:1-7.
  • McCulloch, J., * Kloby, M., * Love, M. *, Lorenz, D., & Terson de Paleville, D. (2015). Prediction of maximal oxygen consumption from rating of perceived exertion (RPE) using a modified total-body recumbent stepper. International Journal of Exercise Sciences, 8 (4), 416-424.